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A drone image looking West over civil engineering and highways specialist Kilkern constructing a new compound for Phase 2 of the Wyre Beach Management Scheme. The Rossall Point Observation Tower can be seen in the background.

Kilkern makes excellent progress to deliver Phase 2 sea defences compound

20th Mar 2024

Civil engineering and highways specialist Kilkern has completed works on the Rossall Point Compound ahead of the start of the second phase of the Wyre Beach Management Scheme at Fleetwood, Lancashire.

The project entailed the construction of a 6432m2 site compound between Princes Way and the existing sea wall, immediately adjacent to the Rossall Point Car.

A composite aerial image showing Kilkern's construction of a new compound for Phase 2 of the Wyre Beach Management Scheme at Fleetwood, Lancashire.

A composite aerial image showing the overall compound. The improved beach access and the re-surfaced public car park can be seen to the left of the picture.

It will be used as a base of operations for principal contractor Balfour Beatty plc throughout Phase Two of the £40M coastal defence scheme and will provide secure space for parking, site offices and plant and materials storage, including for the substantial quantities of rock armour that will be used to reinforce the sea defences.

Within the compound, Kilkern stripped the existing top soil prior to completing a reduced level dig, constructed a new haul road and new foot paths, installed all necessary ducting and drainage and built fuel pads.

Kilkern laying the new site compound's tarmac surface at Phase 2 of the Wyre Beach Management Scheme at Fleetwood, Lancashire.

Laying the compound’s tarmac surface.

Additionally, the Kilkern team has widened access to the beach to ensure it is suitable for heavy machinery.

A new footpath installed at the new compound for Phase 2 of the Wyre Beach Management Scheme at Fleetwood, Lancashire.

A new footpath.

Widened beach access showing new gabion wall and fencing ready for installation at compound construction for Phase 2 of the Wyre Beach Management Scheme at Fleetwood, Lancashire.

The widened beach access showing new gabion wall and fencing ready for installation.

An aerial view of the widened beach access at Phase 2 of the Wyre Beach Management Scheme at Fleetwood, Lancashire.

An aerial view of the widened beach access.

More than 4000m2 of tarmac has been laid, partly within the compound but also, to provide a lasting community benefit, to the surface of the existing Rossall Point Car Park – providing a significant upgrade.

The re-surfaced public car park at Rossall Point. Completed by Kilkern as part of the Wyre Beach Management Scheme at Fleetwood, Lancashire.

The re-surfaced public car park at Rossall Point.

Lasting community benefit

Kilkern’s commercial manager Patrick Rodgers is pleased at the part the business has played in the ambitious four-year coast defence project.

“The Wyre Beach Management Scheme aims to reduce significantly the risk of coastal erosion and flooding to over 11,000 properties and critical infrastructure along the coastline,” he said. “When completed it will provide additional peace of mind for local residents and businesses.

“We are also very pleased to be working with Balfour Beatty on this scheme again. It is the second element delivered by Kilkern after our successful completion of a compound and site accesses further south at Thornton Cleveleys ahead of Phase One.”

The project was awarded under the national SCAPE framework.

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